On January 15, Breakthrough AmeriCorps members honored the legacy of Dr. King by volunteering alongside American YouthWorks to clean up the historic Burdett Prairie Cemetery in the Montopolis neighborhood. They joined hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country in a day of service!

In 1994, the U.S. Congress named Martin Luther King Jr. Day as the only federal holiday to be designated as a national day of service, encouraging all of us to honor Dr. King’s memory through service. AmeriCorps members across Texas participated through service projects within their communities.

The MLK Day of Service is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. It shines a spotlight as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides– every January and throughout the year.

Dr. King said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” Our AmeriCorps members serve tirelessly each day, making a difference in the lives of youth in Austin. Through each small, individual act, in each hour of service, members improve the lives of the students they serve, helping to drive our state towards Dr. King’s vision.

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”- Martin Luther King Jr.